Warwick, R.I. – December, 16, 2016: The CCRI Knights Men’s Basketball team took on the Midshipmen Candidates from Navy Prep on Thursday night. The Knights controlled the game from start to finish, and were able to come out with a strong victory. The Knights won the game with a final score of 81-67. The victory brings the Knights’ record to 7-4 overall going into the semester break.
The Knights got off to a slow start, and were trading baskets with Navy Prep. The Knights were able to build a small lead at 16-8, but Navy Prep fought back. Eventually the Midshipmen Candidates cut the lead to two at 16-14. At this point, the Knights took over. CCRI went on a 19-0 run, extending the lead from 16-14 to 35-14. The run was lead by Darryl Flowers (Waterbury, CT) who scored 12 of the 19 points during the run. Flowers had 17 points on the game, and helped bring the knights to a 20 point lead at halftime, 48-28.
The Knights carried over the strong showing from the first half into the second half. They started the half on a 16-12 run, and continued to break away from there. Navy Prep was never able to get back into the game, as the Knights’ tough defense shut down the offense of the Midshipmen Candidates. With just under eight minutes remaining, the Knights had built a 28-point lead at 70-42. The Midshipmen Candidates made a small run behind their three-point shooting, but the Knights lead was never in danger. As the final buzzer sounded, the Knights were ahead 81-67.
The Knights had two lead scorers on the knight, Darryl Flowers and Grant Gillis (Jamestown, RI). Both players had 17 points. Both players also had four rebounds. Gillis chipped in with two assists and one steal, while Flowers had one steal. Kevin Paygai (West Warwick, RI) also had a great night, scoring 13 points for the Knights and adding on three rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Adrian La Fleur (Sydney, Australia) did not have a great night scoring, but was vital to the offense as he assisted on eight Knights baskets, as well as had nine rebounds on the game.
Head Coach Rick Harris was happy with the performance. He said it was a “great way to end the first semester, opening up with a solid first half. Hope all of our players enjoy their break and come ready for a great second semester.” The Knights will not play until December 29th, when they travel to Florida for their mid-season road trip to take on four NJCAA powerhouses Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and ASA-Miami. It will be a tough trip but one that will make the Knights better and prepare them for a strong postseason run.
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The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.